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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Sports-Announcing-Camp.jpgWaynesburg University will offer its annual Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, hosted by Lanny Frattare, June 18 through 22, 2018. The camp will begin with check in at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, and conclude by noon Friday, June 18. Students who are current high school sophomores, juniors or seniors are eligible to attend.

The cost is $500 and includes all meals, housing and camp materials. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, and students are encouraged to enroll prior to April 27. To register, visit waynesburg.edu/sportsannouncingcamp.

“Our camp offers the theories and the practical experience necessary to start a student on the road toward a career in either sports broadcasting or sports journalism,” said Frattare, assistant professor of communication.

In addition to Frattare, this year’s speakers include: Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh; Mark Kaboly, senior Steelers writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh; John Steigerwald, former WTAE-TV and KDKA-TV sports anchor; and Paul Steigerwald, communications specialist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and former voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Camp sessions will cover the topics of effective communication, principles of journalism and sports announcing, interviewing techniques, play-by-play and sports writing game coverage. The week culminates with a trip to a Washington Wild Things game, where students will be able to practice either baseball play-by-play or writing for baseball.

For more information regarding the camp, call 724-852-7725.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Drew-Brown.JPGJunior communications (sports broadcasting and sports information) major Drew Brown has always shown a strong interest in video editing and production work. This past spring, Brown began to put those skills to work at ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fulfilling a dream come true.

“Ranging back to when I was in ninth grade, I always told myself I was going to apply for an internship at ROOT Sports once I went to college, in hopes that I could further my career in the field of video production,” said Brown.

In March, Brown started a year-long role as an in-studio video production intern. He works alongside the ROOT Sports game day production staff, assisting with the creation of highlight packages that are used for Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins pregame and postgame shows, as well as in-game highlights.

Other responsibilities have included the creation of video packages pertaining to storylines and talking points which are discussed on the pregame and postgame shows. Brown has also experienced writing “shot sheets” for the on-air talent personalities, such as Rob King, Stan Savran, Paul Alexander and Dan Potash.

All of his work so far has certainly exceeded Brown’s expectations, providing him with an experience that is grateful to have.

“I have enjoyed it more than any other job or internship I have worked before,” said Brown. “I spend my days at work doing something I have wanted to do since I was 14 years old.”

Even though he doesn’t always consider his work to be “work,” the internship has provided a few challenges, namely how quickly projects move.

“Working on the fly has been one of the more challenging aspects,” said Brown. “My “Around the League” videos, for example, where I am cutting together plays and highlights from other MLB or NHL games, need to be done at a quick, busy rate.”

Of course, the exciting aspects of his job have outweighed the challenges. Brown’s timing for experiencing the Stanley Cup playoffs could not have been more perfect. Because of ROOT Sports’ coverage of the Penguins, Brown was able to see the Stanley Cup in person and take pictures with it.

Another fun experience for Brown was being interviewed for a series of commercials that have been airing on the station.

“A quote of mine was used in an Andrew McCutchen commercial,” he said. “Seeing myself on TV along with receiving texts from friends and family saying they saw me has been a cool feeling.”

Brown realizes how fortunate he has been to study with professors such as Bill Molzon and Lanny Frattare at Waynesburg University. Their knowledge and expertise, combined with his ROOT Sports experiences, will be priceless in the future.

“This experience has given me the chance to see the daily operations of a major sports network, one like I hope to work for one day,” said Brown.

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